Visit the events calendar at http://melrosepubliclibrary.org for more information and to register for programs.

Fall Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2-5 p.m. Sunday

Children’s Library: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and and Saturday and 2-5 p.m. Sunday

Holiday Hours: The Library will be closed for Columbus Day Weekend on Sunday, Oct. 13 and Monday, Oct. 14.

Special Announcement: Friends of the Melrose Public Library’s annual Board Meeting will be held from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Library Meeting Room. All members of the public are welcome and invited to attend. Learn more about the friends, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that supports the Melrose Public Library, and how you can get involved. Refreshments will be served. Contact melroselibraryfriends@gmail.com with any questions. Reservations are not required.

Call for Artists: The library is seeking Winter-themed 2D artwork for display in our upcoming winter exhibit, Midwinter Dream. The exhibit will run from December to mid-March. Open to artists 18 years and older. Preference will be given first to Melrose residents and then to artists with a Melrose connection. Stop by the library or visit our website: http://melrosepubliclibrary.org for an application. Any questions, please contact the Reference department at 781-665-2313. Applications are due Oct. 30.

Adult programs

Significant Short Stories Discussion Group: 2-3:30 p.m. Oct. 2. This group meets the first and third Wednesday afternoons each month (September to June) to discuss short stories from various authors (i.e. Willa Cather, William Faulkner, Dorothy Parker, E.B. White and many more). New members are always welcome.

History Book Group: 7-8:45 p.m. Oct. 2. Join a lively discussion group focused on history! A subject is determined each month and participants read a non-fiction history book related to the topic. Each person will have an opportunity to share what they read. To give everyone a chance to speak and allow for group discussion, members should plan to talk for about ten minutes. Everyone is welcome, whether they read a book and want to share or they just want to listen and learn. This month’s topic is to be announced.

Adult Coloring Night: 7-8:45 p.m. Oct. 9. Come unwind and get in touch with your inner child! Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own! To reserve a seat, sign up online at melrosepubliclibrary.org events calendar or speak with a library staff member.

The Author’s Corner with Hallie Ephron and Kathy Vines: 7:30-8:45 p.m. Oct. 10. Suspense writer Hallie Ephron’s new novel asks if you can “KonMari” your spouse. Join Hallie Ephron, author of “Careful What You Wish For,” in conversation with local professional organizer Kathy Vines. They’ll talk about Ms. Ephron’s new murder mystery about a professional organizer who’s married to a man who can’t pass a yard sale without stopping. With her wealth of experience helping her clients untangle their relationship to their stuff, Ms. Vines helped Ephron as she was researching her book and trying to tease apart the dynamics of a marriage in which one spouse is inured to clutter while the other is not. Ephron already had some firsthand experience since, for decades, she’s been happily married to a man who’s wedded to his stuff and spends his Saturday mornings happily yard sale-ing. Haley Booksellers will have books available for purchase and signing. Light refreshments will be served sponsored by The Friends of the Melrose Public Library. Please reserve a seat online at melrosepubliclibrary.org or with a staff member.

MPL Book Group: 7:30-8:45 p.m. Oct. 17. The Melrose Public Library Book Discussion Group (for adults) will meet to discuss “Rebecca” by Daphne Du Maurier. Stop by the circulation desk and arrange to pick up this month’s title in advance so you can join in the discussion.

Tasty Books for Hungry Readers: 7:30-8:45 p.m. Oct. 29. Join friends old and new for a lively discussion while enjoying snacks and treats inspired by our monthly book selection. Past titles include an array of fiction, non-fiction, and memoirs! Stop by the main desk to pick up this month’s selection.

Teen programs

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Yak, Snack and Read: Graphic Novels: 6-7 p.m. Oct. 15. Come to Yak, Snack and Read Graphic Novel Club! Books are available in the TeenZone. Pizza provided by the Friends of the Melrose Public Library. Bring a friend! Sign up is required online or with library staff.

Children’s programs

Toddler Time: 10:30 a.m. Sept. 30. Toddler Time is a registered program for children ages 18-36 months in the company of an adult. The 30 minute early literacy program includes stories, songs, finger plays, plenty of movement and fun. Register online beginning at 8 a.m. the morning of each program on the Library’s Events Calendar at http://melrosepubliclibrary.org.

Toddler Time: 10:30 a.m. Oct. 1. Toddler Time is a registered program for children ages 18-36 months in the company of an adult. The 30 minute early literacy program includes stories, songs, finger plays, plenty of movement and fun. Register online beginning at 8 a.m. the morning of each program on the Library’s Events Calendar at http://melrosepubliclibrary.org.

Baby Steps: 2 p.m. Oct. 1. Baby Steps is a registered program that introduces babies 0 - 17 months and their caregivers to the library and the wonderful world of books! Join us for 30 minutes of finger plays, rhymes, lap songs, stories and fun. There will be time after each program for babies and caregivers to socialize. Register online beginning at 8 a.m. the morning of each program on the Library’s Events Calendar at http://melrosepubliclibrary.org.

Baby Steps: 10:30 a.m. Oct. 2. Baby Steps is a registered program that introduces babies 0 - 17 months and their caregivers to the library and the wonderful world of books! Join us for 30 minutes of finger plays, rhymes, lap songs, stories and fun. There will be time after each program for babies and caregivers to socialize. Register online beginning at 8 a.m. the morning of each program on the Library’s Events Calendar at http://melrosepubliclibrary.org.

E.P.I.C. Thursdays: 10:30-11:15 a.m. Oct. 3. New program. Explore, Play, Imagine, Connect Thursdays is a new registered program for children ages 3-5. Classes include a story and play based learning activities for both grownup and child to experience together. Each class will be limited to 18 children. Register online beginning 8 a.m. the morning of each program. Caregiver/parent participation in this program is the key to its success.

Song and Dance Around the World: 6:30-7:15 p.m. Oct. 3. Children of all ages and their families are invited to dance to, sing along with, and experience traditional music from cultures across the world in the interactive global music program. Sign up online.

Lego Club: 10-11:30 a.m. Oct. 5. Lego lovers unite! Drop in and show off your amazing Lego talents. Register online or with library staff. Don’t forget to bring a friend. Register online beginning 8 a.m. the morning of the program.

Together Time: 10:30-11 a.m. Oct. 12. Together Time is for children ages 2-3 years and their grownup. This program includes stories, songs, finger plays, movement and fun. Register online at http://melrosepubliclibrary.org starting at 8 a.m. on the morning of each program.

Read to Dewey the Dog: 2:30-3:30 p.m. Oct. 12. “Bone” up on your reading skills! Dewey, a certified therapy dog, loves to listen to stories. Children wishing to read to Dewey can sign up for one 10 minute slot. Online registration required. Registration for this event opens 8 a.m. Sept. 28. Children’s room staff will call to assign you a time slot between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. before the day of the event. If you cannot attend please call 781-665-2314 to cancel.

Music with Dara: 6:30-7:15 p.m. Oct. 15. Join Dara VanRemoortel in her popular monthly bedtime music program for toddlers and their parents. Best for children ages 2 and older. Each program begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. Children are invited to attend in their PJ’s. Register online or with Children’s Room (781-665-2314) staff the morning of each program. Sponsored by the Friends of Melrose Public Library

Matt Heaton Toddlerbilly: 10:30-11:15 a.m. Oct. 19. Ages 2-5. Sing and dance along with toddlerbilly favorite Matt Heaton. Register online beginning 8 a.m. the morning of the program.